Wimbledon Facts

Some of the more interesting facts and figures about the Wimbledon Championships.

Aces

Goran Ivanisevic has served the most aces in 2001 with 212 while in the Ladies’ draw, Alexandra Stevenson and Serena Williams hit 57 in 1999 and 2008 respetively.

Aorangi Terrace

The actual name of the vantage point overlooking the giant screen at Wimbledon is not Henman Hill or Murray Mount but Aorangi Terrace.

Ball boys and ball girls

There are approximately 250 ball boys and ball girls chosen for each tournament.

Balls

54,250 tennis balls are used during the Wimbledon fortnight.

Big Screen

The large screen on the Wimbledon site where so many fans sit to watch games is 40 square metres on size.

Challenges

In 2013, men made 428 Hawk-Eye challenges with 120 (28%) being correct. Ladies made 191 challenges of which 49 (25.7%) were right.

Courts

There are currently 20 grass courts at The All England Tennis Club, five red shale courts and five indoor courts for members.

Draw

The draw for the 2014 Wimbledon Championships will be made at the All England Tennis Club on Friday 20th June at 10am.

Fastest Serve

The fastest recorded serves at Wimbledon were hit by Taylor Dent in 2010 (148 mph) and Venus Williams in 2008 (129 mph).

First Tournament

The first Wimbledon Championships took place in 1877 as an amateur Mens’ tournament with 22 players. It was won by Spencer Gore.

Ground Capacity

The daily capacity of spectators at Wimbledon is 38,500.

Ground Size

The Church Road site is 13.5 acres big (42 acres when including car parks)

Hawk-Eye

The electronic line calling system called Hawk-Eye was introduced to Wimbledon in 2006.

Longest Match

In 2010 John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played out a staggering 11 hour 5 minute match on Court 18 over 3 days. The marathon score ended 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. The final set alone lasted 8 hours 11 minutes.

Loser of Most Singles Finals

Chris Evert lost 7 finals.

Most Matches Played

Martina Navratilova has played the most amount of matches at Wimbledon at 326.

Most Titles

Martina Navratilova has won the most Ladies titles with 9. In the Men’s championships  Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and William Renshaw have all won 7 tournaments. Elizabeth Ryan and Todd Woodbridge has won the most Ladies’ and Men’s Doubles titles with 12 and 9 respectively.

Players

757 players took part in Wimbledon 2013.

Pimm’s

Approximately 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s are sold at every Wimbledon Championships.

Prize Money

The prize money for Wimbledon 2014 is £1,760,000 for both the Men’s and Ladies’ champions.

Rain

The only Wimbledon Championships uninterrupted by rain since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2010.

Rufus

Rufus the hawk flies around the Wimbledon grounds for an hour on most mornings of each Wimbledon Championships before gates open to frighten off pigeons and other local pests.

Staff

Around 6,000 staff are taken on for the 13 days of Wimbledon. Catering staff at 1,800 make up the largest amount.

Strawberries

Some 28,000 kilos of strawberries are served during Wimbledon.

Strings

The Wimbledon stringing team will work on approximately 2,000 rackets and 40 miles of racket strings during each tournament.

Total Matches

660 matches are played during the Wimbledon tournament.

Towels

The top-selling item at the Wimbledon shop were Championship towels. 28,600 were sold.

TV Audience

The global TV audience for the Wimbledon Championships is estimated to be nearly 379 million people.

Unseeded Winner

Boris Becker became the first unseeded winner of Wimbledon in 1985.

Visitors

The total attendance at Wimbledon in 2013 was 486,898.

Wooden Rackets

The last wooden racked was used at Wimbledon in 1987.

Youngest Ever Winner

Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Dodd won the Ladies title in 1887 at the age of 15 years, 285 days. In 1985 Boris Becker won the Mens’s tournament at the age of 17 years, 227 days.